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the Excellent Felting Adventure

If you've been knitting for awhile, not only do you end up with a lot of odd ball yarn, but you end up with some oddball sweaters.

They don't fit right. Or the color is bogus and makes you look like cream of wheat. And, on one particularly energetic day, you get the bright idea of "fixing" the sweater's most glaring flaw.

I had a sweater that was a beautiful color but a miserable fit because in my inexperienced mind, I thought I could wear something that had 10 inches of 2 x 2 rib under a very bulky cabled top. Like a vise, it squeezed my torso up into my chest making a mushroom shape that maybe Julie Andrews in Sound of Music could appreciate.

So, I took out my shears and cut off the ribbed part of the sweater, hoping to knit it "down" to the bottom, like I'd done on some sleeves I lengthened. I didn't bother to mark the row or pick up stitches first like I usually did because I was cruising on a double latte and just cut right across under the top pattern. It wasn't until I cut into a cable, ruining the entire sweater, that a solution was revealed.

FELTING!

This beautiful yarn would be great to make a felted vest!

So I ripped out and skeined up the yarn. It had to be washed and wound but the yarn came out beautiful! Since the sweater was barely used because the sweater strangled me every time I wore it, the yarn was almost like new.

Click on the pictures on the right to read how it worked...

Before

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Gauge: 3.5 sts /4.5 rows

After

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Gauge: 4.5 sts / 6 rows

Finished Garment

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